It’s a week full of expansion packs, ports, and sequels with only a smattering of truly new titles. In other words, it’ll be exactly like the other 51 weeks this year.
The second BioShock Infinite story DLC, Burial At Sea – Episode 2, will be released for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 tomorrow and will let players take control of Elizabeth for the first time ever as she and Booker continue their adventures in Rapture. Diablo III will see the beta of it’s first major expansion, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, also come out tomorrow (PC version only). This expansion adds the Crusader character class (pictured in the artwork above), an additional act, new modes including Adventure Mode that lets you travel to any waypoint in the game, and of course, a higher level cap and all new loot. And the final big expansion of the week is the Hannibal at the Gates campaign for Total War: Rome II (PC), featuring five playable factions going to battle during the second Punic War.
Two long-dormant franchises are getting revivals this week. Action/strategy series Tecmo’s Deception, where you lay absurdly elaborate traps and lure your enemies into triggering them, returns with Deception IV: Blood Ties for PS3 and Vita. If you prefer your manslaughter to be of the vehicular variety, you might want to check out Carmageddon: Reincarnation for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Wii U actually gets a pretty interesting new game this week in the form of classic-style RPG Pier Solar and the Great Architects. Beginning life as a homebrew Genesis game, a successful Kickstarter campaign has opened development for other platforms – including PC, Xbox 360, and even Dreamcast – but it’s only the Wii U (eShop) version that hits this week.
Rounding out the week’s releases are Nippon Ichi’s The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3), 2D fighter BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (PS3, Vita), Cut the Rope: Triple Threat (3DS) which compiles three titles from the popular mobile series, the Vita version of Minecraft, the long-awaited port of Fez for PlayStation platforms, and lastly (and probably leastly), Cabela’s Big Game Hunter: Pro Hunts for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC.